Sunday, 30 June 2013

Madeira Elevator Terrace Door, Hove Cemetery Chapel and Permeating Color

"Madeira Elevator Terrace Door" :- This doorway with filigree wrought iron supports is situated on the terrace that runs the length of Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront, England. The door is the terrace entrance and exit at the halfway point of the Madeira Lift which runs up and down the east cliff between the main coast road of Marine Parade and the lower beach road of Madeira Drive. The life exists at the bottom within an old Victorian building which was constructed as a shelter to protect visitors from "inclement weather", the building is now the Concorde II, one of the south's leading live music venues. The lift, terrace and shelter were all constructed at the same time and were inaugurated on 24 May 1890.

"Hove Cemetery Chapel" :- In dark and brooding weather this chapel looks very foreboding as it takes on a darkened bat like shape which evokes thought of vampires and other creatures of the night. This is the chapel within Hove Cemetery (UK) which is on the Old Shoreham Road (A270). It was a bright and cheerful morning when I paid a visit so the shadows and lines were crisp and sharp. On the way out I encountered a fox wandering around the gravestones. It stopped in its tracks and looked at me and I stopped and looked at it. we both stood in silence for a minute staring at each other before it turned and ran off into the trees at the back.

"Permeating Color" :- I very nearly got wet feet capturing this shot at Ovingdean Gap on the south coast of England. I knew that if I positioned the tripod and camera in the right place I'd be able to get the reflected sunset in the wet sand as the tide retreated. So I stood and watched the tide as I made a mental note of how far it was coming up the beach each time, made some calculations and picked my spot. Set everything up as the tide rolled up to my feet and stopped an inch or so away before rolling back again, captured the moment and checked to see what I'd got. t was at that point that I grabbed the tripod and ran a few feet up the beach due to the tide trying to catch me out by sending one wave further up the beach than the rest which was something I had not calculated for. I'll bear that in mind next time.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Saturday, 29 June 2013

The Black Windmill, Indian Soldiers and Rottingdean High Street

"The Black Windmill" :- "Beacon Mill" has stood overlooking the sea for over 100 years. She sits on Beacon Hill, a nature reserve that's wedged in between the villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean near the city of Brighton on the south coast of England. She was built in 1802 and worked right up until 1881 and was very nearly demolished in 1890. She is a is a three-storey smock mill on a single-storey brick base and is a grade II listed building and seamark.

"Indian Soldiers" :- This is a detail of part of The Chattri, a war memorial situated in an extremely isolated position 500 feet (150 m) above the city of Brighton and Hove, England. It was built on the site where a number of Indian soldiers who fought for the British Empire were cremated during the First World War and is yet another of the cities Grade II listed structures. The White marble used in it's construction is from Sicily. I had never been to see the monument before as it's in such a remote place high up on the downs and most people forget it's there at all which I find is ironic considering it's a memorial. In order to pay it a visit I drove out and parked on a dirt track and then had a 30 minute walk over fields which also included a field full of adolescent bulls which was rather nerve jangling. I feel better knowing that I made the effort to go there and pay my respects, it's a beautiful scenic spot and very peaceful as it's away from the traffic, noise and weekend lunatics.

"Rottingdean High Street" :- A rare image of an empty high street in the coastal village of Rottingdean on the south coast of England. There are (approx) 2,500 people that live in this historical village, some of it's more famous inhabitants have been the Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones, the Victorian novelist William Black, the author Angela Thirkell (Burne-Jones's granddaughter), the author Rudyard Kipling and the artist Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson. The most historic building in the village is the 13th century church of St. Margaret. In the summer of 1377 some French pirates invaded Rottingdean but were spotted as they landed and some of the villagers took refuge in the church's Saxon-built tower. The pirates were unable to take the tower and set it on fire; over a hundred people are thought to have died in the blaze. The church has some exquisite stained glass windows by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and he is buried at St Margaret's. After his death in 2011 the famous rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore was also laid to rest at the church.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Friday, 28 June 2013

Kensington Colours, Sitting on the Edge of the World and Inside Out

"Kensington Colours" :- During the day (especially on hot and sunny days) this part of Brighton (Sussex, England) is jam packed with visitors, locals, tourists and day trippers. This is Kensington Gardens and it's just one of the streets that forms the North Laine's which offers a far more bohemian shopping experience. According to the North Laine website (North Laine) "North Laine is an area that grew up in the 1830s when Brighton first became famous because the Prince Regent turned a modest farmhouse into a glittering exotic royal palace. In the mile between the Pavilion and Brighton station you will find 300 shops, 37 cafes, 22 pubs, 4 theatres and a world-class museum. North Laine is also home to the cultural centre of Brighton with the new library and piazza in the jubilee complex." This shot was captured at 20:47 pm just as twilight was starting to get a hold on the day so the area only had the odd person wandering through.

"Sitting on the Edge of the World" :- Low tide on the beach at Telscombe Cliffs (South coast of England) provided me with this wonderful surreal view as I looked towards the East. It made me wonder just how things had looked before they'd fallen into the sea and had eroded away. How far had England naturally extended south? Here you can clearly see how the land simply stops and the flat vista of beach and English Channel takes over. I'd crouched down with my back against a large concrete breakwater so I could make use of the shadow it was casting as I liked the dark foreground giving way to the light beach and white cliff face.

"Inside Out" :- I had been wandering around the city center and grabbing shots here and there when someone watering plants outside a Florists asked me what I was taking pictures of. I stopped and chatted to him a while and discovered he and his wife were the owners of the flower store. They had originally sold flowers within Liberty of London (a department store on Regent Street, based in the West End shopping district of Central London) but had decided to move down to Brighton and set up business here. Anyway, to cut a long story short they asked me if I'd like to take some images inside which I gladly accepted and this is one of them. The store is called Quince and it's located on Nile Street, Brighton.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Into The Blue, Michelham Priory Gatehouse and Shadow Step

"Into The Blue" :- I find it often pays to break from the subject that's got your attention and to spin around 180° to see what you're missing behind you. This image was captured on the beach at Ovingdean Gap on the southern coast of England. I'd gone there to shoot the sunset and after grabbing a few shots turned to find the dying sun had painted everything in a turquoise hue. It was extremely peaceful and very beautiful.

"Michelham Priory Gatehouse" :- Michelham Priory is a former Augustine Priory near Upper Dicker in East Sussex, England. The Priory was founded at Michelham in 1229 and then dissolved in the 1537 dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII. Some of the buildings were demolished (as was the Church) between 1599 and 1601. It has changed hands several times over the centuries and was during the winter of 1941-42 used as a base for Canadian troops. It has been looked after in trust by the Sussex Archaeological Society since 1959.

"Shadow Step" :- Hove train station was opened in 1865 and in order to get to one platform or another you have to cross the lines via the long footbridge (which is also a public right of way) which links the residential roads of Goldstone Villas and Hove Park Villas. Both Hove Railway Station and the footbridge are grade II listed buildings in Brighton and Hove, England. This shot was captured early evening on the northern (Hove Park Villas) side of the footbridge.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Thunderous Silence, Iron Walkway and The Big Picture

"Thunderous Silence" :- It's hard to get a sense of scale in this image. I was standing out on the rocks that the English Channel had exposed at low tide in order to get the most of the cliff face in frame. There was a feeling of everything falling towards me as my senses battled with the lack of something to focus on and grasp so I could get a hold on reality. The cliff face is part of the famous "Seven Sisters" located at Cuckmere Haven on the south coast of England between Seaford and Eastbourne.

"Iron Walkway" :- At the very end of Worthing Pier (Sussex, England) there's a lower level iron fishing platform. It runs right around the far extremity of the pier giving access to fishermen and public alike. It's basic and simple but does the job it's designed to do. Walking along it produces clanks and sounds that made me think of various science fiction movies.

"The Big Picture" :- I didn't have far to travel in order to capture this image as it is my living room. The large picture window allows us to watch the wildlife in the front garden and the as well as the changing seasons and weather patterns throughout the year. During the hurricane in 1987 the large glass pane was actually bending in and then bowing out from time to time. We all thought it was going to explode into shards but somehow or other it held up and still to this day lives to tell the tale.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Screaming Tree, North Side of the Pavilion and Sea Horses

"Screaming Tree" :- Preston Park is a park near Preston Village in the city of Brighton and Hove , England. It was the enclosed pleasure grounds of the Preston Manor estate until t was sold to Brighton Corporation in 1883. It is the largest urban park in the city with 63 acres of lawns as well as tennis courts and bowling greens. I was wandering around the Northern end of the park (near the Manor) when I spotted this backlit tree. It looked to me as though it was crying out for something with it's branches twisted in torment.

"North Side of the Pavilion" :- As a photographer living in Brighton (England) it wouldn't be right unless I addressed the more touristic and historical sides of the city. It's a part of the seaside resort that I had often turned my back on and not really opened my eyes to. Growing up surrounded by these things it was easy to take them for granted and forget they were there as I walked around with my eyes closed to it all. Since taking photographs my camera has made me extremely aware of how how saturated with history and incredible Brighton actually is. The Royal Pavilion in Brighton is one of those pieces of architecture and history that I'd walked past without giving it a second glance (much like the other residents in the city) time and time again. Its humble beginnings were as a grand summer house and seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales in 1787. It was later remodelled with an Indian styling by John Nash between 1815-1823 for George who was then the Prince Regent and later became George IV.

"Sea Horses" :- The coastline of the city of Brighton (England) as seen from the end of its famous Victorian pier. Of all the seaside fun fair rides on the pier the most traditional is the "Gallopers". A colorfully hand painted Carousel that boasts 45 individually named horses and also three cockerels. The Carousel itself dates from the late 1800's.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Monday, 24 June 2013

Lady of the Lake, Bell Tower Ladder and Organic Lines

"Lady of the Lake" :- Captured last week (20th June 2013) at Brighton Marina (UK) during a very thick and heavy sea mist that came rolling in over the English Channel. The seawater within the marina is reasonably calm on most days due to the protection the high fortress like walls provide but on this day it resembled a mirror as the mist seemed to calm it down and flatten it further. There was an eerie stillness and silence that permeated throughout. No gulls in flight or squawking, no clanking of cables on masts, no lapping of water ... everything was deadly quiet and calm.

"Bell Tower Ladder" :- In the chancel of St Margaret's Church in the village of Rottingdean (Sussex, England) this insignificant metal ladder rises up the wall from the floor and disappears through a wooden hatch in the ceiling. It's the one and only way up to the bell tower and a precarious one at that. The church is a Grade II listed building and some parts of the structure date from the 13th century. Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Pre-Raphaelite artist and designer, is buried in the nave. His wife Georgiana, one of the MacDonald sisters, and their granddaughter, novelist Angela Thirkell, are also buried there. Sir Edward Burne-Jones designed many of the stained glass windows in the church.

"Organic Lines" :- Just a few minutes walk from my front door and I find myself staring at rolling hills and farmland. The village in which I live is ancient and has been home to rural life for a very long time on the south coast of England. The church is 11th Century and the there are two entries listing "Ovingdean" in the Domesday book which was compiled and written in 1086. The first entry states "Households: 5 villagers. 5 smallholders. 4 slaves. Ploughland: 4 ploughlands (land for). 2 lord's plough teams. 1 men's plough teams. Other resources: 1 church." A few years ago an archaeological team put a few trenches in Hog Croft field next to St Wulfran's Church. A geophysical survey conducted in 1991 had revealed a number of linear features which proved to be barns and out buildings and the site of a medieval manor house with walls 1.4M wide.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Iron Cross, Shadow Curve and Seaford Huts

"Iron Cross" :- This is the church of St John in the village of Piddinghoe in Sussex, England. The nave and round tower are early 12th century, the north aisle is mid 12th century and the south arcade is late 12th century. The church is only one of three with a round tower (the others being at Southease and Lewes) in Sussex. Whilst wandering around the grounds of the church I came across this metal cross / grave marker sticking up out of the ground. I have tried to find out more about it by surfing the net but so have have come up with nothing.

"Shadow Curve" :- Shot from the end of Worthing Pier during a late afternoon low tide on the south coast of England. The sun was still relatively high in the sky but already making its way over to the west in preparation for the sunset. The shadows that were being cast by the pier fascinated me and scene down below on the beach looked like an entirely different world to me.

"Seaford Huts" :- On the eastern end of the seafront at Seaford (Sussex, England) you'll find a lot of these colored little beach huts. I'd driven out there to photograph the beach and cliffs but turned my attention (and camera) on the huts as they looked so bright and sunny sitting there in the warmth of the afternoon.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Barn and Bench, Pea Souper and Yum Yum Ninja

"Barn and Bench" :- This image was shot and captured in the village of Piddinghoe in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. The village is in the valley of the River Ouse and I'd wandered down to the river for a look around when I came across this barn and shaded bench. Unlike many of the villages in Sussex Piddinghoe does not appear in the Domesday Book but a manor by the same name is listed as belonging to William de Warenne (5th Earl of Surrey) in 1220.

"Pea Souper" :- I have photographed the old Victorian iron supports of the ruined West Pier (Brighton, England) many times but never looking up towards the Kingsway coast road with the English Channel behind me. Recently Brighton was shrouded in a heavy and thick sea mist and I travelled into the city especially to try and capture the surreal and moody atmosphere that sometimes descends on the seaside resort. So here's a rare shot of Brighton through the iron supports whilst being hidden by a sea mist.

"Yum Yum Ninja" :- Within Brighton's twisting and turning narrow 18th century "The Lanes" you will a restaurant called "Yum Yum Ninja". The restaurant is a Pan Asian kitchen and Izakaya (a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food ). I have been informed that the bar upstairs serves Sakes, Japanese whiskys & Asian influenced cocktails that are unparalleled within the rest of the city. I have yet to dine there but have only heard good about the menu and food available.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Friday, 21 June 2013

Busy Day, Newhaven Town and Scales

"Busy Day at the Office" :- An afternoon on Brighton Pier is normally full of laughs, sounds, gulls, tourists, ice cream, rides and side stalls. Yesterday (20th June 2013) however it was damp, grey and relatively quiet due to a huge and heavy fog coming in over the sea and hitting the coast. I ventured out into the surreal foggy world with my camera and managed to capture a few very atmospheric shots as well as this one showing just how quiet the pier was.

"Newhaven Town" :- I don't know a great deal about Newhaven Town Railway Station (Sussex,England) at all. However I do know that the Railway Act authorised that a line be provided between the towns of Lewes and Newhaven in 1837. There's a signal box located nearby which also helps us put a date to everything as that was opened in 1879. The station in Newhaven has an old feel to it as it still looks very much like a station from the 30's and 40's and the age of steam locomotives. I snuck around the back to get this shot as I wanted the incoming storm clouds to form the backdrop.

"Scales" :- Tropical fruits sit by a set of old scales on a makeshift stall in a village within a region known as Omkoi (Chiang Mai Province) in Northern Thailand. I was always fascinated looking at the various fruit that grew in the Kingdom, everything seemed so different and alien compared to what I was used to in the UK. Just looking at this image evokes the smells and sounds of the village and above all makes me think of the heat from the afternoon sun on my skin. I miss the village very much ... and everybody in it.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Dreamy Beach, Sunlit Sands and Lit stairwell

"Dreamy Beach" :- Captured late last night (21:30 hrs on 19th June 2013) on the beach at Ovingdean Gap on the south coast of England. I very nearly decided not to go out at all but changed my mind last minute and found myself down on a deserted beach with nature putting on a display for me. It was very peaceful and tranquil and the colors were quite breathtaking.

"Sunlit Sands" :- This was a shot that I was divided over processing in color or as monochrome. Both looked great. In the end I went with the stark harsh lines of the black and white approach and am now pleased with my choice. This is a shot of Worthing Pier from the beach at low tide in Sussex, England. The pier itself is an amalgamation of 1800's and 1930's design and looks radically different from the Pier just a 30 minute drive away in Brighton.

"Lit stairwell" :- After shooting the sunset on the beach at Ovingdean Gap last night I had to make my way back up to the top of the cliff. This is done by a 1930's built set of stairs that have stood the test of time and the elements whilst giving access to the beach for hundreds of people on a yearly basis. As luck would have it the lighting for the stairs had just been turned on so I grabbed a quick moody shot of them before heading back up and to the car!

All Photography © Justin Hill

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Jaipur Gate, Promenade Seating and Going Coastal

"The Jaipur Gate" :- Standing in the grounds of Hove Museum (South Coast of England) you cannot fail to see this impressive structure. The Jaipur Gate was built in 1886 and carved in India for the Maharajah of Jaipur who sent it to the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in 1886 (opened by Queen Victoria on 4 May). The gate is covered with floral and geometric carvings and is constructed from Bombay teak. The latin inscription "Ex Oriente Lux" when translated reads "From the East comes light". In 1926 the gate was donated to Hove Museum and rebuilt in it's gardens as is now registered as a grade II listed building.

"Worthing Promenade Seating" :- Worthing seafront is noticeably different from that of Brighton and Hove ( Worthing is approx 11 miles or 17 kilometers from Brighton). The half mile long Esplanade was built in 1821 and was extended in 1865 but is on level to the town and beach unlike that of Brighton where it's built on several levels. The promenade sheltered seating has a 1920's or 30's look to it whereas Brighton and Hove is 100% Victorian. It also has a far more laid back and calm feel about it with brighton attracting more of the London day trippers and holiday makers.

"Going Coastal" :- Here's a shot taken from one of the public bridleways near Woodingdean looking south over the hills towards the English Channel. I often wander about using these pathways and tracks as I find it very relaxing and it commands some wonderful views. In the distance to the left of the relatively central hill you can just make out a building which is Blind Veterans UK (formerly known as St Dunstan's) which cares for ex-Service men and women blinded in action and also for veterans who have lost their sight through accident, illness or old age. To the right of the hill you can just make out the towers and roof of the famous Roedean School (an independent day and boarding school). Roedean is one of the most expensive girls' schools in the United Kingdom.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

River Grasses, Picture House and Faces

"River Grasses" :- This is a view from the the village of Piddinghoe looking across the River Ouse and the surrounding Sussex countryside in England. When I set out the day was grey, overcast and gloomy but much to my surprise the weather cleared up the minute I got there and the sun made an appearance. The River Ouse runs through the counties of East and west Sussex. From Lower Beeding it winds and meanders through the land eventually running through the town of Lewes, Glynde, Rodmell, Southease, Piddinghoe and then finally Newhaven where it then runs into the English Channel. "Ouse" is from a Celtic word for water.

"Duke of York's Picture House" :- This is a seriously historic cinema in the city of Brighton, England. The Wikipedia entry for it states that "It is the oldest continuously operating purpose built cinema in Britain that has retained both its original name and remains largely unaltered. In 2012 it was voted best Cinema in the UK." The cinema opened it's doors on 22 September 1910, it wasn't just one of Brighton's first picture palaces ... it was also one of the first cinemas in the world! During the 1980's it earned the nickname "The Flea Pit" as it was in a shabby and disheveled state. In 1994 Picturehouse Cinemas purchased it and invested in the building by returning it to its former glory. The building is a Grade II listed building.

"Anston House Faces" :- Along Preston Road in the city of Brighton you'll discover this derelict block which was once Anston House. The run down building and site has stood empty for a number of years and has been caught in the middle of rows, arguments and many news stories concerning it's demolition, designs for its replacement and various squatters who'd taken up residence. To be honest its not a building that I have really ever noticed before or stopped to look at but on this day it stopped me in my tracks as I saw the many faces that had been painted on the boards that covered the broken windows. I wedged the camera through the padlocked gate that prevented access and took the shot.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Monday, 17 June 2013

Tranquility, Wilmington Man and Telscombe Tye

"Tranquility" :- The tide was on its way back in when I tentatively negotiated my way out over the slippery rocks. I knew the cliffs at Ovingdean Gap (England) would be reflected in the unusually calm salt water of the English Channel so ventured away from the safety of the beach to obtain the angle I wanted. Somehow I made it to the point I wanted and then (after capturing the shot) made it back again without getting my socks wet or dropping the camera.

"Wilmington Man" :- I thought I'd head out to the village of Wilmington in Sussex (England) again as I had heard that the famous "Wilmington Man" had recently had been cleaned up and given a new paint job. When I arrived he was hard to miss as he stood resplendent and gleaming on the hill side and looking better than he has for many years. The 'man' is a bit of a puzzle. Nobody seems to agree on his age with some saying that it's ancient and others saying that he was a fairly recent (last few 100 years or so) creation. Either way he's a sight to behold and the village itself is full of history, quaint and unchanged even in this modern 21st Century age that we now find ourselves living in.

"Telscombe Tye" :- There's an open patch of common land that sits between Saltdean and Telscombe on the south coast of England. It's known as Telscombe Tye and it's one of the few places where the South Downs National Park boundary reaches the seafront. On an old 1811 map it is written down as "Sheep Down". I had visited a friend who's just moved out to Telscombe and afterwards decided to go for a walk on the "Tye" before getting in the car and driving back. This metal farm machinery is the first thing I saw as I wandered up and away from the coast as I headed towards the village of Telscombe itself. The rusty reds and browns stood out from the lush green grass and the grass and metal were both complemented by the clear blue evening sky.

All Photography Justin Hill

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Colorful Shadows, All Saints Door and Cuckmere Haven

"Colorful Shadows" :- It sometimes pays to explore the area you are in 100% instead of thinking "Well, I can see there's not much up there so I'll turn around now and head back!". Worthing Pier (Sussex, England) is an old 1800's structure that was pretty much rebuilt in the 1930's. There were a few people dotted about on its decks when I took a stroll along its boards but for the most part the pier was quiet which allowed me to take my time and explore it more. 'd got to the end and was about to turn and walk back to the seafront when I decided to walk right around the very end and head back down on the opposite side. It was as I was circling around that I spotted these three empty deck chairs looking out to sea. The first thing that struck me was that they were each a different color which I thought made a good image anyway ... and then I noticed the shadows that they were casting were also in the same different colors.

"All Saints Door" :- All Saints Church is located on the corner of The Drive and Eaton Road in Hove, England. The parishes of Hove and Preston have been united since 1531. Construction of All Saints commenced in 1889 and it was finally completed and opened in opened in 1891. All Saints is one of the largest of the 19th century Gothic revival.

"Cuckmere Haven" :- Here's a very "touristy" shot that I wasn't going to take at all on my visit to Cuckmere Haven (South Coast of England) but the weather was so great that day that in the end I gave in and captured the scene anyway. It's a shot that has been taken thousands of times by anyone who is fortunate enough to visit the beauty spot and estuary. The beach at Cuckmere Haven was used for the opening scene in Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and also Atonement. The Seven Sisters cliff face was briefly featured in the Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It's not surprising that they've featured in Movies, TV series and Music Videos as the area is one of outstanding beauty and truly unique. It's a bit of a 'postcard' shot but I thought you'd all appreciate it anyway.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Sunset Sheep, Gathering on the Sands and Rampway Enticement

"Sunset Sheep" :- Beacon Hill sits between the ancient villages of Rottingdean and Ovingdean (they are both listed in the Domesday Book which was compiled and written in 1086) on the south coast of England. In 2004 it was created a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) to protect the habitat of the endangered skylarks by supporting a range of plants and butterflies associated with chalk grassland, as well as controlling areas of scrub and investigating archaeological features. From time to time sheep are allowed to graze on the hill and this is a shot I captured during the glow of sundown while they were all busy eating their supper!

"Gathering on the Sands" :- I hadn't been to the town of Worthing (Sussex, England) for quite a few years but found myself there a week or so ago with camera in hand. It just so happened that on the day I chose to visit the town there was an unusually low tide along the south coast and the English Channel appeared to have receded further out than ever before. The pier was left bare for all to see with its spindly legs exposed pretty much all the way to the end and there were vast stretches of flat sand. A few foreign language students had gathered out on the beach and were making the most of it all by ignoring each other in the group and texting friends elsewhere instead (something I'll never understand). I stood for a while out on the sand myself, observing their strange behaviour and excitement to be standing where the sea should be whilst doing very little else. It was at that point that I decided they'd make a great image as the strong light behind them had turned them all into loud and incomprehensible silhouettes.

"Rampway Enticement" :- This is the ramp and 'wheelhouse' of the Brighton Wheel located on the seafront and promenade by the Brighton Pier (England). The black and glowing box to the left of the image is the ticket booth and is in fact identical to the many 'pods' (as they are known) that accommodate the tourists on the wheel itself. By night the wheel is floodlit and the entrance becomes an array of colors to entice passers by into embarking on a round and round and round trip. t had been raining the night I captured this shot so I knew that the colors would 'bounce around' more than usual turning it into a visual treat.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Friday, 14 June 2013

Golden Galloping Horses, Martello Tower No.74 and 1664

"Golden Galloping Horses" :- I thought I would take this opportunity to offer you all a different view of a subject that I have photographed many many times over. I usually make sure that the English Channel forms the background but for this shot I turned to face the other way so that the sea was behind me and let the promenade and buildings along Brighton seafront do the work. In 1870 the carousel was revolutionised by Frederick Savage, an English engineer who designed one of the first up-and-down cranking machines that gave the horses their galloping motion. The "Golden Gallopers Carousel" on Brighton beach was built in 1888 by Frederick Savage at his workshop in Kings Lynn. Once its construction was completed it went "on tour" for more than 20 years around England before it was shipped it to the USA. In 1990 it eventually made its return to the UK and was bought by Owen Smith in 1997 and placed on Brighton beach and promenade where it has remained ever since.

"Martello Tower No.74" :- This tower has stood overlooking the English Channel at Seaford on the coast of England for just over 200 years. It was built between 1806 and 1810 as part of the defences against Napoleon's threat to cross the channel. All in all 103 towers were built along the English coastline, this one at Seaford (no.74) was built as an after-thought when they realised that Newhaven ( a nearby town and port) was not adequately defended. The tower is now a museum.

"1664" :- A simple shot but full of mood and warmth. A chilly and grey afternoon in the English countryside is soon brightened up by taking refuge in a country pub. We'd sat chatting and eating the fine pub fayre and had then finished off the session with another drink. The shot that i captured here was an afterthought as I'd nearly finished my drink but liked the light that was pouring in and hitting the wood. By the way, the pub in question was "The Six Bells" in the village of chiddingly, Sussex, England.

All Photography © Justin Hill